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'''Jefferson Finis Davis''' (June 3, 1808 – December 6, 1889) was an American politician who was a U.S. Representative and Senator from Mississippi, the 23rd U.S. Secretary of War, and the President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. He took personal charge of the Confederate war plans but was unable to find a strategy to defeat the more populous and industrialized Union (American Civil War)|Union. His diplomatic efforts failed to gain Diplomatic recognition|recognition from any foreign country, and at home, the collapsing Confederate economy forced his government to print more and more paper money to cover the war's expenses, leading to runaway inflation and devaluation of the Confederate dollar. Davis was born in Kentucky to a moderately prosperous farmer, and grew up on his older brother Joseph Emory Davis|Joseph's large cotton plantations in...
OfficePresident of the Confederate States of America|President of the Confederate States
VicepresidentAlexander H. Stephens|Alexander Stephens
Term startFebruary 22, 1862
Term endMay 10, 1865
Provisional: February 18, 1861 – February 22, 1862
PredecessorPosition established
SuccessorPosition abolished
Birth nameJefferson Finis Davis
Birth date{{Birth date|1808|6|3}}
Birth placeChristian County, Kentucky|Christian County, Kentucky
Death date{{Death date and age|1889|12|6|1808|6|3}}
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